|Chance of rainfall within district|
25% to 50%
50% to 75%
The hemispheric long wave pattern has been relatively fast moving in recent weeks. There are five main troughs. Currently the most significant troughs are near the longitudes of South Africa, the Indian Ocean, Western Australia, eastern Australia, the south Pacific, and South America.
Over southern and eastern Australia the cold front events with potential to bring widespread rain are now expected about 28 March to 1 April, 4 April to 8 April, and 13 April to 17 April. Rain events originating in the tropics and moving south are possible about 1 April to 5 April, 5 April to 9 April, and 18 April to 22 April.
Over Western Australia the strongest cold fronts should occur about 1 April to 5 April, and 26 April to 30 April.
This forecast is produced by a multi-model ensemble consisting of dynamical atmospheric models, which are forced by the latest observed atmosphere, ocean, land and ice conditions. The models are designed to simulate features of the real atmosphere, including the daily movement of long and short wave patterns in the Southern Hemisphere.
The future probability of rain in each district is estimated using output from the multi-model ensemble, combined with historical information about the difference between the model forecasts and observed rainfall.
In this deterministic framework the skill of the forecast tends to decrease with time, however the forecasts are updated daily to provide the latest estimates of rainfall probability out to 28 days.
15:39 AEDT Queensland may see its first tropical cyclone in two years in coming days, although the situation is still hard to call.